'In Your Face' NEA Portrait Prize 2019 - joint winners Tanya Tabone 'Uncle Fred, Pumpkin Head' and Frank Burgers 'Mum'
'Uncle Fred, Pumpkin Head' Tanya Tabone (2019)
"This digital work has been specifically created for the 2019 In Your Face Exhibition. The piece is a portrait of my Great Uncle Fred which I photographed at an event and have digitally altered to convey my impressions of him as an artistic subject.
When viewed from afar, this is a realistic photographic portrait of my uncle who always pulls silly faces. It is only upon closer inspection that you can see a blurring of the details of his likeness. This demonstrates how age blurs the line between life and the memories we hold.
His eyes and face capture his fun, strong personality, but the dry brush stroke softens his
features so that they jump around like a memory when you try to focus on a face you have loved."
Tanya Tabone 2019
'Mum' Frank Burgers (2019)
"I’ve been working on this painting for years. Mum is changing over time, and I am
hoping the painting will evolve into a summary of what it means to be the son of Hannie
Burgers. She has always been a strong and independent woman, and continued living on
her own when dad passes away in 2005. Before that she survived a tumour the size of a golf ball, removed from her head when she was in her late 40’s. Mum always retained a positive outlook on life. That, her generosity, and her caring nature, defines the wonderful woman she is.
She loved colour."
Frank Burgers 2019
'The In Your Face' NEA Portrait Prize 2019 exhibition is open at NEA from 10 - 4 Tuesdays to Fridays and 10 - 2 on Saturdays. to 31st August If a volunteer is available, it my also be open on Mondays from 10 to 4 pm (NEA is usually closed on a Monday)
NEA would like to acknowledge financial support towards the cost of running the 'In Your Face Exhibition' from Benalla Rural City Community Sponsorship fund and V-Line Benalla Station Community funding.
Photographs: Tanya Tabone and Janet Leith
Realizing that the 'In Your Face' NEA Portrait Prize 2019 exhibition would be more expensive to run than previous exhibitions, the Exhibitions Team sought additional funding to ease the financial burden on North East Artisans.
We would like to acknowledge funding of $500 from Benalla Rural City's Community Sponsorship July funding round and the donation of $350 from V-Line Benalla staff community fund.
With a much larger prize on offer next year for the new biennial Contemporary Art Prize, our fundraising net will need to spread further, however we are thrilled to have received these contributions in support of 'In Your Face'
Thank you so much Benalla Rural City and V-Line Benalla Station!
IN YOUR FACE PORTRAIT PRIZE FINALISTS
Anthony James Faulkner (Gammy)
Stefani Helena Mierzwa
MariJana van Zanten
'In Your Face' - NEA's Biennial Portrait Prize Exhibition can be viewed in the Exhibition Gallery (Gallery 2) from Tuesday to Friday 10 to 4 pm and Saturdays 10 to 2 pm from August 3 to August 31st..
The winner will be announced by judge Deborah Halpern at the exhibition opening on Friday 2 August.
While you are viewing the exhibition, fill out your choice for the People's Choice Award!
NEA Exhibitions Team
NEA;s Exhibitions Team would like to acknowledge the financial contribution to the holding of the In Your Face Exhibition by the Rural City of Benalla (Community Sponsorship Grant) and V-Line Benalla Station staff.
'Deborah Halpern (2019) Alice with a Vase of Flowers: Oil on canvas (9 panels) Source: Instagram
The Call for Entries to the "In Your Face' Portrait Prize has been extended! Application forms can now be submitted up to Tuesday 16 July at 5pm.!
The 'In Your Face Portrait Prize' represents new territory for NEA as it involves a selection panel, shortlisting and then judging by acclaimed ceramic artist, sculptor and painter Deborah Halpern prior to the opening of the Exhibition.
"Artists are invited to enter a maximum of TWO works for this exhibition which MUST be a Portrait /s of some type, in any style or medium and not exceed the maximum size of 1.2 X 1.2m. 2.
The entry must be an original, uncopied work, that has been completed in the last 12 months and NOT previously exhibited.
To be eligible, all entrants must submit ALL the requirements of entry by the extended date of Tuesday July 16th at 5pm. This includes ‐ A completed application form, one JPEG image (2MB only) of the artwork, an artist statement (word docx) and entry fee payment. Entries received after JULY 16 will not be accepted.
The ENTRY FEE of $15 per work is non refundable if works are not selected for the exhibition. 5.
Applications MUST be sent via EMAIL to the NEA Exhibition Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org Please contact Janet for queries & information. Hard copies of the application form will be available@ NEA Gallery Shop, 122 Bridge Street, Benalla. However jpeg images & artist statements MUST be emailed in the correct formats. 6.
All work must be professionally prepared for hanging and installation. To be suitable for hanging please adhere to these requirements. If framed, frames must be a decent quality to sell in a gallery. Plastic frames without ‘D’rings and wire/string are not acceptable."
There is further detail on the entry form below!
Deborah Halpern with her sculpture 'The Face' - Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, 2018 Siource : Instagram
IN YOUR FACE 2019 - NEA Portrait Prize $1000
People’s Choice $500
The NEA Portrait Prize is open to ALL artists
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
Please read all conditions of entry carefully
Photographs: Frank Burgers, also Michaela Alexander, Carla Gardner and Bev Lee.
Cornelia's grand design!. Great shot, Michaela.
First photos of last night's opening--from Michaela Alexander, Carla Gardner and Bev Lee
Preparations are in full swing for the opening of NEA's 'In Your Face' Portrait Exhibition on Saturday July 1st at 6 pm. Mark this date on your calendar to see some wonderful portraits by local artists. Your first drink will be complimentary, further drinks at bar prices.
"In Your Face' has also become a celebration of Poster Art. Exhibition curator Cornelia Selover's posters featuring portraits by a number of the exhibiting artists have been a highlight in the lead up to the opening.
A selection of limited edition posters will be available for purchase by order during the exhibition. The price will be $5 for an A3 size poster on quality paper; with two limited edition posters also available in size A0 at a price of $150 each.
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Benalla Youth Action Committee
Juddy Roller Wall to Wall
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GANEAA (Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance)
Wangaratta Art Gallery
Benalla Camera Club
Broken River Potters
Broken River Painters
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